In this paper, we propose two techniques to improve the acoustic model of a low-resource language by: (i) Pooling data from closely related languages using a phoneme mapping algorithm to build acoustic models like subspace Gaussian mixture model (SGMM), phone cluster adaptive training (Phone-CAT), deep neural network (DNN) and convolutional neural network (CNN). Using the low-resource language data, we then adapt the afore mentioned models towards that language. (ii) Using models built from high-resource languages, we first borrow subspace model parameters from SGMM/Phone-CAT; or hidden layers from DNN/CNN. The language specific parameters are then estimated using the lowresource language data. The experiments were performed on four Indian languages namely Assamese, Bengali, Hindi and Tamil. Relative improvements of 10 to 30% were obtained over corresponding monolingual models in each case. Copyright © 2016 ISCA.